Worried about finding that perfect gift for everybody on your list? Local small businesses are aiming to ensure that you spend more time humming holiday songs and less time feeling like a stressed-out scrooge this season. Here’s a sampling of offerings from local shops.
Benfield Gallery in Severna Park is hoping to help you find that perfect gift. The store’s holiday show will be opening on Small Business Saturday, which is on November 26. Gallery staff said its walls will be adorned with wonderful art from the local artists they represent, such as Kathy Daywalt. In addition to showing fine art in a variety of styles and mediums, Benfield Gallery has pottery, handcrafted metalwork, fine crafts and quality giclee prints. The store will have an open house with refreshments each Saturday from noon to 5:00pm until Christmas Eve. Need a print framed for a holiday gift? They have you covered there as well. Benfield Gallery is located at 485 Jumpers Hole Road .
Bryki Gallery has a wide variety of high-quality, personally curated crystals and crystal home decor to help you give memorable, meaningful gifts this holiday season. Everything from small pocket crystals, crystal jewelry and meditation palm stones, to crystal lamps, sculptures and home decor. Store staff said crystal lamps make a perfect gift with their combination of beauty and ability to enhance any space. The warm glow and supportive energy of a crystal lamp can be a wonderful addition to any home, office or commercial space. Gifting a crystal lamp is sending a message of thought, love, and care, while also giving the present of great energy. Bryki Gallery said its team members are ready to assist shoppers in finding the right fit for their gift-giving needs. Bryki Gallery is located at 741 Generals Highway, Suite 107, in Millersville.
Bulldog Schwinn and Sports
Bulldog Schwinn and Sports is a Severna Park store that carries a variety of gifts for the adventurer in your life. Besides bikes, Bulldog also features kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and accessories to keep you and your equipment ready to go. Bulldog Schwinn and Sports not only sells, but the store offers rentals and repairs. Worried about fitting a kayak into your vehicle? Bulldog Schwinn and Sports takes the stress away by offering free delivery on purchases of kayaks, paddleboards and bicycles. With so much water surrounding the area, it's no surprise that Bulldog expects kayaks and stand-up paddleboards to bring the “wow” factor under the tree this year. Bulldog Schwinn and Sports is located at 405 Ritchie Highway.
Park Books & LitCoLab in Severna Park offers a warm and welcoming environment to search for gifts. The Park Books team said they’re ready to help all readers grow whether young, old, an avid reader or somebody trying to get back into turning pages for fun. Park Books also offers cards, unique puzzles, candles, and an assortment of other gifts that are sure to bring a smile to the recipient. Whether it’s helping you pair the perfect read with an accompanying candle for a gift bundle or picking out the latest holiday reads for kids, such as "There Is An Elf In Your Book," Park Books has something for everybody on your list. Park Books is located at 555 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard.
Side Street Framers & gift gallery
Located in Park Plaza on Ritchie Highway, Side Street Framers & gift gallery offers much more than their framing services. The store is filled with pottery, jewelry, handmade soaps and lotions, and more unique pieces. The store touts its commitment to supporting artisans in the U.S., and many of the shop’s pieces are made in Maryland. This season, Side Street is highlighting some unique items. First are lifetime candles, which are decorative pieces filled with oil that can either be lit up from underneath or used as a candle with the included kit. There are also decorative glass Christmas trees and create-your-own gift baskets with winter drinks, ginger cookies, honey and more, or you can choose a basket that’s already created for you.
Soaking Treasures in Arnold specializes in making custom handmade bath products. Soaking Treasures makes a variety of bath bombs, candles, bath salts, bubble baths and more. The shop has three holiday gift sets available. Customers can choose from the Ultimate 12 days of Christmas Bath Box, Holiday Mystery Box, or a Paint Your Own Bath Bomb Kit. Check out the store’s website at www.soakingtreasures.ecwid.com for shopping and details. You can also follow the store on Facebook and Instagram @SoakingTreasures for shop updates.
If you’re looking for a shop to check out modern trends, vendors and a true boutique atmosphere, The Cottage, located at Park Plaza in Severna Park, fits the bill. It’s a one-stop shop as you can find something for everybody at this location. The Cottage offers apparel, jewelry, unique gift items, and things for babies and kids. Whether it’s handmade pottery from Mussels & More or uniquely themed gifts, The Cottage aims to provide service to find the ideal present for those on your list, young and old.